The Hobie European Championships.

The competition was held at Lacanau in Bordeaux, a beautiful lake very close to the Atlantic coast. There were 51 Boats competing from all over Europe; Holland, Germany, Slovakia Sweden, Spain, Portugal and France the host country. There were good anglers from all over Europe who were all keen to win the prize of entry and flights to the Hobie Worlds next year. It has not yet been announced where the worlds will be located but it is expected that it will be somewhere exotic. There was also a fanatastic prize table for the runners up with prizes donated by; Rapala, Powerpole from suffix, Hobie Polarised and Rebel cell, (full details of all the sponsors can be found on the Hobie fishing europeans website.
The weather was a mixed bag, nice and sunny on the pre-fish day, sunny again on day one and then it went rainy and stormy on day 2. There were good fish caught amongst the competitors, with Perch seeming to be the easiest to catch. there were plenty of small fish that came alongside the occasional larger specimen. However,in the end the whole competition came down to who could catch Pike. Not many Pike that came out during the competition but in the end the pike made all the difference because they were the larger fish.
In the past the event has been won by the anglers from Holland, Sweden and France but never by an entrant from the UK. This year we are pleased to announce that the winner was Mike McGuire from England. Mike was part of a 4 strong UK team that travelled to the event including Dave Morris, and Lee Garner from the Hobie centre sponsored UK Hobie Fishing Team and one of Lee’s fishing buddies Adam Brooks.
Mike McGuire started well in the competition catching perch and pike on day 1 and on day 2 he managed to get plenty of perch in the morning and then he worked his way quite close to the launching point where everyone started and just as the competition was drawing to a close he managed to hook a large pike of about 83 cms and that in the end was enough to win him the competition. It was extremely close, the angler from France who was in second in the competition missed out by a very small margin. Over the 2 days and across the 6 best fish first and second place were separated by only 1cm. All in all it was a really good event preparing us nicely for the Hobie Worlds next year. It’s great to see a UK angler qualify through the event and we hope that Mike goes on to have a very successful competition at the worlds.

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